July 22, 2010 in ATDC News

Can You Still Patent Software? – A Very Special Brownbag

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ATDC has a preponderance of software and business services companies. We are asked all the time about intellectual property and patent protection. But the landscape is fluid. And the recent Supreme Court decision might change everything. Come to a special brownbag next Wednesday July 28 at 11:30 to learn more. We will meet in the ATDC Community Room. This is a true brownbag, bring your own lunch!

The future of software and business method patents — Impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bilski v. Kappos

On June 28, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a patent claim directed to a commodities hedging process was not patentable subject matter. The claimed method was found to be too “abstract” to constitute patentable subject matter. There are widespread implications for the decision on the patentability (and enforceability) of patents directed to any kind of process — including software and business methods.

John Harris, senior partner in the IP Practice Group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta, will be the featured speaker at the brownbag on July 28, about the Bilski v. Kappos decision. He will give a summary of the case and what happened. Some of the highlights include:

* Is software still patentable?
* Can you patent a business method at all after this decision?
* How can I file a patent on software that might be found patentable?
* How will the USPTO and patent examiners react to this decision?

While the event if free to members please register.

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